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Back to School: The Functional Dorm Room Essentials That Matter

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We hate to say it, but back to school time is almost upon us. While that might mean packing up and heading back to campus, it also means the chance to reinvent your decor. 

We’ve searched the internet for some of our favorite (and functional) back to school dorm room essentials. These are vibrant enough to impress your friends but functional enough to make mom happy.

So, soak in those last few weeks of sun and scroll through some of the cool stuff we’ve found.

Bed Risers + USB Charger = Magic

That’s right. Some genius invented bed risers with built-in USB charging docks. That means you can make more space under your bed AND charge your phone. 

These nifty little inventions maximize your charging space and easily hide the wayward cords from your phone or other devices. And, they’re pretty affordable, which is always a plus. 

Storage on Wheels

There’s no such thing as having too much storage. Especially in a dorm room. A rolling storage cart makes it easy for you to store items and move them around if you need to. 

The great part? Everyone from Michaels to The Container Store makes its own versions in unique styles and sizes. You can get something that perfectly matches your aesthetic. 

Creative Lighting

Let’s face it, dorm room lighting leaves something to be desired. Luckily, you have plenty of options to make lighting work from you.

If you’re limited on surface space, consider a clip-on lamp in a funky color or string lights right above your bed. Both will lend you the light you need to see without florescent blindness. 

Hidden Bedside Storage

Almost as cool as the USB charging risers is the saver of clutter: a bedside storage caddy.

This brilliant storage piece drapes over the side of your bed frame. Its pockets are easily accessible and allow you to store things. It’s particularly helpful if you don’t have a dedicated bedside table. 

An extra bonus? If you don’t want to look at it during the day, your comforter will probably hide it, ensuring that your room never looks cluttered with stuff. 

Neon Lights

All you have to do is log on Pinterest for a few minutes to see that neon lights are popular right now. Lucky for those of you on the neon trend, there are some affordable and small dorm room options. 

From cactus cool to a rainbow-bright, you can choose almost anything you want to light up your space. This may not be the most functional of the list, but it is the one that will capture the attention of your guests the most. 

The important thing when it comes to dorm room decorating is to make your space a place relaxes and inspires you. While there are a ton of places you can escape to around campus, your dorm is your temporary home. 

Having the right tools on hand to keep it organized, cleaned, and efficient will help you chill out at the end of the day.

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